Greg Lake RIP


It’s just been announced he has died – he played with King Crimson and ELP of course, and came originally from Dorset way I think, and a band whose name I can’t remember that played occasionally in Pompey. He also wrote “I Believe in Father Christmas” based around “Troika” by Prokofiev – MRA and I saw him a couple of years back with Ian Anderson in Canterbury Cathedral when he sang that Christmas song.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

5 thoughts on “Greg Lake RIP

  1. Just got this news on the ‘wireless’………….Yes indeed , a Bournemouth boy and played for a while in John Dickinsons band ‘Shy Limbs’ quite regular at The Tricorn………………………….Another one leaves and the year still isn’t over………R.I.P and one more time for Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPm6CheT6rs

  2. One of the most memorable of Christmas recordings. The somewhat overdone multitracking and echo almost ended up in a mess, but instead gives it that eerie haunting quality. I’m sure I saw him at the Indigo Vat, but can’t remember who the band was. It must have been around ’68/’69. Anybody remember it?

  3. Was that the Radio Rentals wireless . Two bob a week?

  4. so before Shy Limbs’ ,John Dickenson was with Greg Lake and Andy Mccullogh in a band called ‘The Shame’ …….
    https://youtu.be/eu-_A3u3vvA (the link….I think)

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